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  • Une médaille commémorant l'émir Abd El-Kader,
    'Jugurtha moderne'
    'Émir de l'Afrique du Nord'
    'Défenseur de la nationalité arabe'
    'Protecteur des Chrétiens opprimés'
    'La France qu'il a combattu l'aime et l'admire'
    par Jean François Antoine Bovy, 1862

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    • Deux jeunes Ouled-Naïl
      par William Adolphe Lambrecht (1876-1940)

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      • Juive d'Alger
        par Charles Henri Joseph Cordier, 1862

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        • Tête de jeune algérienne juive
          par Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856)

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          • La belle algéroise
            par Louis Emile Bertrand, 1896

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            • Femme Kabyle d'Algerie
              par Émile-Coriolan-Hippolyte Guillemin, 1884

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              • this is my favourite thread on the forum, love it.

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                • The Women of Algiers (In their Apartment) 1834 by Eugene Delacroix

                  The Women of Algiers (In Their Apartment) is an 1834 oil on canvas painting by Eugène Delacroix. It is located in the Louvre, Paris, France. The painting is notable for its sexual connotations. Delacroix recorded in his notebook that although North Africa seemed surrounded by beauty, in regards to human rights and equality before the law there was much in need of improvement. Because Islam forbade all naturalistic images and women were veiled in public, it was difficult for Delacroix to find female models to draw from; men predominate in his sketchbooks. As soon as he would seek to sketch from afar the women who would hang their washing out on roof terraces, they would immediately alert their husbands.

                  He finished his sketches for this painting at the last moment in Algiers, which by then was securely held by the French. A former Christian who had converted to Islam and had collaborated with the French, is supposed to have allowed him entry into his Harem:

                  "Having walked down some dingy corridor, you enter the part of the house which is reserved for [the women]. The eye is truly dazzled by the bright light, the fresh faces of the women and children amidst a mass of silk and gold. For a painter, it is a moment of fascination and strange happiness"

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                  • A similar painting to the above. Women in the back there smoking shisha. Was that normal or considered acceptable them times?

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                    • Salam wa mar7aba, ya monmon,

                      Same painter, same little squad of smokers, same serving girl it appears. I think that one is sometimes called "Women of Algiers in their harem". When it comes to the 'furnishings' in many old paintings and photographs I am never 100% sure how 'normal' they are. Clearly shisha pipes existed but they are often highlighted by Occidental artists and photographers, to the extent that some early photographs show them parked outside at the front of the house. In the pioneering days of photography weak interior lighting and the absence of flash meant that photographers often had to arrange their subjects outside the house and that's given us many pictures of people doing things on the doorstep that they would probably do inside the house. Early images from other countries are the same. So what is 'typical' and what is a product of a request from the artist (Can you light this cigarette so that the folks back home can see you as wild and exotic?), is not always easy to discern. However, having said that, the sheer volume of images of women smoking shisha pipes suggests that it was indeed something that some of them occasionally, if not habitually, did.

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                      • "Jeune fille arabe de Tougourth"
                        par Charles Landelle, Biskra, 1890

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                        • Fileuse à Laghouat
                          par Jules Taupin, 1910

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                          • Bou Saâda : Les deux amies
                            par Marguerite Henriette Tedeschi, 1913

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                            • Jeune beauté au foulard vert
                              par Edouard Verschaffelt (1874-1955)

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                              • Cavalier Chaoui
                                par Eugène-Victor de Flogny, Tebessa, 1865

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